30.09.2011 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Pan-African Parliament organizes symposium on conflict and education

UNESCO proposes several solutions to African Parliamentarians

The reconstruction of African school systems in countries faced by conflict and post-conflict situations is the theme of a symposium organized by the Permanent Commission on Education, Culture and Tourism of the Pan-African Parliament on 30 September 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

UNESCO Dakar participates in the symposium with a presentation on what African parliamentarians can do to push education in conflict and post-conflict situations.

“African parliamentarians can plead for more funds to education and ensure that the funds are used in a transparent way,” says Yao Ydo, who represents UNESCO at the symposium.

He also suggests to create a network of parliamentarians for peace in Africa. Promotion of values education He also advocated for values education (‘learning to be’) as cornerstone for sustainable peace in Africa.

Ydo highlights the possibility of tax exoneration for investments in education, as Guinea-Bissau has done, as well as voting laws that protect schools during conflicts.

The Pan-African Parliament is the legislative body of the African Union. It was inaugurated in 2004.

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